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Top 5 cities for public transit

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5  Moscow, Russia

4  Paris, France

3  London, England

2  New York, USA

1  Tokyo, Japan

Not exactly an objective measurement: I think I probably agree on the top 5 but would probably quibble about the order.  Note that Canada does not even get a mention – no surprise there.

I think as well they are confusing “biggest” with “best”. I would bet some smaller European cities would score much higher if you used an objective measurement like service kilometres operated per head of population.  And Shanghai is going to be in there soon.

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October 2, 2007 at 1:23 pm

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  1. I wouldn’t score Tokyo so highly, having tried to use their system several times with my Japanese wife: High-floor, narrow busses, no segregated lanes and little integrated ticketing make it hard to change modes if a different company is running the next leg, connections are haphazard or non-existent, and stations can be several blocks apart down narrow lanes with no signs, stations with random steps between platforms or even in front of lavatories, and no barrier free alternative. Great if you are able to walk, and don’t have a buggy or any luggage but terrible otherwise.

    Andy in Germany

    October 4, 2007 at 12:06 am

  2. And this from today’s Independent

    A poll of world travellers by TripAdvisor reveals that people outside the UK believe that the capital’s transport system is one of the safest and most efficient public transport networks in the world. The Underground and the ever-cheerful London cabbie come in for particularly high praise.

    Stephen Rees

    October 4, 2007 at 5:48 pm

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